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  1. Maybe my expectations were too high - disappointed to say the least.
  2. From Birmingham Royal Ballet's February newsletter: On Friday 7 February Birmingham Royal Ballet Director Carlos Acosta will be announcing our 2020-21 season at a special event hosted at HSBC's new headquarters in Birmingham. We will be sharing all the details of the new season in a Season Launch Special edition of our e-newsletter after the event this week. I am very much looking forward to this, I can hardly wait to see what ballets will be performed!
  3. My favourite Swan Lakes are the Peter Wright and Anthony Dowell productions. Wright's production I prefer slightly more. I think the prologue is a good idea for establishing the reason why Siegfried is melancholy. The ending of Act IV is what pushes it ahead of Dowell's production for me. Jenni carrying the dead Siegfried from the lake as we see the spirits of Siegfried and Odette United forever. Magical! The Dowell one I have watched numerous times since its 1987 premiere. I guess I must be in a minority for loving the swan dresses, I really think they give the impression of feathers. anyway I was watching it on DVD last night and today I had a little surprise awaiting me. Boarding a busy train at Hammersmith carrying my heavy shopping, I stood myself by the door, a tall gentleman who boarded the train at the same time asked me if I didn't want to sit down (there was one available seat), I looked up at him to explain I was only going one stop, and who should it be? Anthony Dowell!
  4. BBC2 has a new series starting this evening about Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, looks quite interesting. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00077ch
  5. I found the info about Carmen on the ROH's Facebook page.
  6. The ROH currently has Carmen on YouTube available to watch until 1st August, so it's possible the ballets were posted officially for a limited time only. https://youtu.be/ER0Cj4DP4jo
  7. Interesting comment, I was just thinking of his appearance in a Doctor Who story called The Caves of Androzani. Gable played a character called Sharaz Jek, whose severely disfigured face was hidden by a mask. Jek initially appears to be a callous murderer but Gable reveals him to be a pathetic and ultimately tragic individual. Truly an amazing performance in one of the best Doctor Who stories.
  8. Many thanks to Richard LH, Bluebird and John Mallinson for your advice, I have booked marked the pages and am very happy ☺ Pity that BRB doesn't have an online archive.
  9. Today I noticed it is no longer possible to access previous seasons on the ROH web site, not long ago it was still possible to go as far back as the 2012/13 season and onwards to the present day. When I tried this morning I got a 404 page not found error. As the ROH collections database only goes as far as December 2012 this was an added bonus, alas no longer 😞. I did email the ROH collections team quite a few months ago about the database and was told they knew it was out of date and they would be updating it soon. Still waiting. Such a shame as I know I'm not the only one who enjoys looking at past seasons, that this very interesting resource is being ignored. I feel like volunteering to update to update it myself 😊
  10. I remember the days when the casting info for Romeo and Juliet used to include who was dancing Juliet, Romeo, Mercutio, Tybalt, Benvolio, Paris, Lord and Lady Capulet and the Nurse!
  11. Not sure if this is the right place to post this, it's an interview with Laura Morera about dancing Masha in Winter Dreams: https://www.culturewhisper.com/amp/dance/laura_morera_winter_dreams_interview/12808?__twitter_impression=true
  12. https://www.cunard.co.uk/cruise-types/event-cruises/dance-the-atlantic/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ECN1058&utm_campaign=brand&utm_term=CU-2566262&utm_content=cta_main This looks very interesting, for the first time English National Ballet will be appearing on board Cunard's flag ship Queen Mary 2.
  13. Just seen this on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BRB/status/1046078442796707840?s=20
  14. I just had a letter this morning from the ROH telling me that they will no longer be producing what they call the Information leaflet and I think of as the rather attractive information booklet. Apparently they are trying to cut down on paper usage and postage costs and are encouraging people to use their website for the booking information. I shall miss the booklets as I've been collecting them for a long while now, they're beautifully produced and full of marvellous photographs, I suppose they're like my little ROH archive of performances! Having the information online is not the same - I can't keep it and I certainly wouldn't be able to look back on it in say 10 years time. There is of course the ROH Collections website, which I do enjoy perusing. If only they would update it on a more regular basis, as far as I'm aware nothing appears to have been added for at least the past 5 years or so!
  15. I have found it very interesting to read about Swan Lake and the appearance or non appearance of the 32 fouettés. Way back in the 1980s when I first became interested in ballet I read about Swan Lake and the fouettés, wanting to see this exciting phenomena for myself I duly booked tickets to see a performance by Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet. How disappointed I was when Act III came along and Galina Samsova substituted something else in their stead. I still haven't recovered!
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